Stiemsma ineligible for remainder of season

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald PhotoFor the second time this week, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has lost a player due to academic ineligibility.Sophomore forward Greg Stiemsma was declared ineligible for the Spring semester, meaning he can participate in practice but cannot play in games or travel to road contests, the team announced in a press release Tuesday afternoon.”I’ve been dealing with depression which caused me to take a leave of absence from the team and also affected my academic performance,” Stiemsma said in the release. “That has resulted in me being academically ineligible this semester.”His announcement ended a week’s worth of speculation by the media and fans, who became optimistic when Stiemsma returned to practice after a short leave earlier this week. Unfortunately, Tuesday’s announcement was not the one they were looking for.”Obviously it’s something that he wanted to do, to get it off his chest, and now you move on,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “Things don’t always go the way we want them to. But we’ll deal with them, and we’ll get him help … that’s what we’re here for.”Though he cannot participate in games, Stiemsma said he would remain dedicated in helping his teammates prepare for upcoming contests.”I have taken steps to treat my depression and intend to work hard to resolve my academic issues. I look forward to competing in practice and helping my teammates in any way I can,” Stiemsma said. “I ask for understanding regarding my condition and appreciate the patience of everyone as I deal with it. I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and the fans for their support.”Stiemsma played in 16 games this year for Wisconsin and was quickly becoming a high-energy defensive presence before originally taking a leave of absence from the team. He was averaging 2.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 block shots per game while playing more than 11 minutes per contest.”Stiemsma, he seemed to be really active and he played well in the games I saw [on tape},” Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis said. “It cuts down their rotation and what they can do.”Earlier in the week, freshman Marcus Landry announced that he was academically ineligible for the rest of the season.Redshirt freshman DeAaron Williams also left the team over the Winter Break.The loss of the Stiemsma and Landry leave the Badgers with just seven players who contributed substantial minutes every game over the first half of the year.Ryan, who has been known for sticking up for his players who get caught in sticky situations, wasted little time in sticking up for Stiemsma after Wednesday’s victory.”If a student athlete is going through a process, then it is absolutely in their best interest that they exhaust all options,” Ryan said. “Understand this, when these young men have issues, they are just like an employee in the state system. They have all the rights in the world to exhaust every option.”Go ahead, get on your high horses again and say I’m wrong. You can say I’m wrong, but I’ll tell you what, in this country and our society I am right. People have privacy issues and privacy rights, as a student-athlete.”last_img read more

Men’s basketball: What Badgers will miss if Hayes decides to go pro

first_imgFor collegiate basketball players, the allure of the NBA is tantalizing. Reaching that level is what many have been working toward for their entire lives and with recent NCAA rule changes, that dream is even closer.In prior years, declaring for the NBA draft was a riskier decision since players had to declare before the National Letter of Intent period opened. This year, it will begin on April 13 — almost a full month before the NBA Draft Combine, which is set to begin on May 11.Thanks to the ratification of recent proposals, NCAA players now have the ability to rescind their name from the list for up to 10 days after the conclusion of the draft combine on May 15. This allows players to receive feedback from professional scouts and organization members on their draft stock, while still maintaining eligibility to play NCAA-sanctioned games as long as they rescind their name from consideration within the 10-day period.It’s a no-lose situation for talented players, especially for Wisconsin men’s basketball’s Nigel Hayes.Greg Gard on Nigel Hayes and the NBA: We’re going to submit his name to the advisory committee. Then from there he’ll decide about entry.— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) April 5, 2016Hayes’ junior season wasn’t as stellar as many had speculated, but by no means was his play bad either. Partaking in the combine and receiving feedback on his draft stock is the smartest decision for a player of his caliber since there is professional interest.There is a good chance Hayes returns to Wisconsin for his senior season, but if he does decide to leave, there is a lot the Badgers will be missing.The scoring has to come from someoneHayes was called upon to do a bit more than he could handle on his own this season, which contributed to his decreased shooting percentage compared to his first two seasons.While the junior scored a career and team-high 15.7 points per game this season, his shooting percentage took a massive hit and dropped from 49.7 percent last season to 36.8 percent this season. Hayes often drew double-teams on offense but was still called upon at-large during games.Wisconsin averaged 67.8 points per game, and Hayes, who played every game, contributed 23 percent of that average with his 15.7 points. Compared to the top scorers on every team that made the Elite Eight of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Hayes scored the fourth-highest percentage of his team’s points, which places him in the middle of that pack.Eric GoldsobelSuccessful teams need a scorer, and Hayes was often called on for the job due to the team’s poor shooting performance at times this season — the Badgers shot under 43 percent, 16 times this season.Hayes was the Badgers’ leading scorer 14 times this season, five more times than both Koenig and Happ, but most interesting is the time periods during which he strung together consecutive games as leading scorer. During head coach Greg Gard’s first 11 games, he was leading scorer nine times and tasked with jumpstarting the team’s offense.The amount of times Hayes was fed the ball forced the junior to attempt a team-high 438 field goals this season — 53 more than second-place Bronson Koenig and 135 more than third-place Ethan Happ. Defenders then knew where the shots would be coming from and prepared to divert special attention on stopping Hayes.Hayes’ shooting this season suffered because of this, but when shots weren’t falling, he showcased just how special of a player he is by driving to the basket and drawing fouls. During Hayes’ 15-highest free throw scoring games, he shot 40 percent or less nine different times.Hayes attempted 244 free throws during 2015-16, which was the 14th-highest total in NCAA Division I play — off the dribble, he’s tough to defend.Hayes also leads the team in assists (104), but is prone to turnovers (79), which he leads the team in as well. But these two statistics point further to how much Hayes had the ball in his hands during the season.A diverse skillsetDespite his size, Hayes is nimble and his perimeter defense helped the Badgers’ stingy defense this season.Wisconsin’s opponents averaged just 63.8 points per game this season, the 17th-lowest average in NCAA Division I play. Hayes was no small part of that, with 39 steals and 14 blocks.But Hayes’ defensive contributions go beyond the box score, and he was also commonly tasked with defending a team’s best player this season, which included having to guard the likes of both AP National Player of the Year in Michigan State’s Denzel Washington and the Naismith College Player of the Year in Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield.last_img read more

Syracuse can’t contain Florida State’s aggressive baserunning in 8-0 loss

first_img Comments FSU senior Carsyn Gordon hit a short dribbler down the third base line. As SU pitcher Sophie Dandola charged in to throw the ball home, Seminole freshman Savannah Parker appeared to be running into an easy out at the plate.Rather than get thrown out, though, Parker turned back to third. SU catcher Gianna Carideo could have done what the Orange have practiced.“When two people are going to the same base, one of them will be out,” SU head coach Shannon Doepking said.But Carideo didn’t make the right play. A rundown began, and eventually, the Orange forgot to rotate and cover home. Third baseman Hannah Dossett made a desperation throw, one that shouldn’t have been necessary if Carideo had just trapped the two runners on third, tagged one out and never thrown the ball. Dossett’s throw made its way to the backstop, allowing another run to score behind Parker. Instead of 4-0, the scoreboard read 6-0 in the top of the fourth. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom the opening inning, No. 5 Florida State (46-8, 17-5 Atlantic Coast) was aggressive on the basepaths. The Seminoles stole four bases and took extra bases on multiple balls in play to pressure the Orange’s defense in an eventual 8-0 win in six innings. Syracuse (20-29, 8-14) knew coming into the game that the Seminoles would look to run often, but they couldn’t make the simple plays and allowed FSU to take “free bases,” Doepking said.“From their stats, you know they’re going to run. I need to have a better outing,” Carideo said. “My arm wasn’t where I wanted it to be today. You know where (the pitch) is going to be, it’s about getting your body in the right position.”The Seminoles had stolen 94 bases on 110 attempts entering Friday’s game, an 85.5% clip.All season, Doepking has stressed the importance of aggressive baserunning for her own offense. It’s a major reason why senior Alicia Hansen has a career-high number of steals and steal attempts. On Friday, while the Orange failed to reach base until the fifth inning, FSU marched and plodded its way around the bases. Carideo entered the game throwing out 46% of runners in ACC play, but today, she wasn’t effective. FSU sophomore Cali Harrod led off the opening inning with a walk, and on the first pitch of the next at-bat, stole second base. Carideo’s throw bounced into sophomore Gabby Teran’s glove, but it was way too late. Harrod scored standing up after a Gordon single. The next at-bat, the Seminoles again tested Carideo’s arm. Her throw to second bounced off Teran’s glove and into center field, which allowed Seminole sophomore Sydney Sherill to take third. On a later steal attempt by the Seminoles, Carideo lost the ball on the transfer from her glove to her hand and didn’t even manage a throw to second. The mishandle prompted one FSU fan to yell “too easy” after the steal. The Seminoles’ athleticism, which SU said it had seen on film and in the stat sheets, added pressure on SU. “I’ve thrown out runners before, I know I can do it again,” Carideo said. “it doesn’t matter what they have across their chest.”The increased pressure showed itself in the Orange throwing the ball across the infield. On one play, a ground ball in the hole to shortstop, a runner advanced from first base to third base after sophmore Neli Casares-Maher made a throw to first that couldn’t beat the runner. In the sixth inning, with the Orange staving off the eight-run mercy rule, aggressive baserunning manufactured the final run to close out the game. Right fielder Elizabeth Mason went from first to third on a single to center field and then scored on a groundout in the ensuing at-bat. The only baserunning mistake FSU made in an afternoon of successes on the bases came as Alex Acevedo threw to Dossett across the diamond to throw out junior Dani Morgan at third. “They took bases on us left and right,” Doepking said. “On plays where we don’t have plays, we have to stop throwing the ball across the diamond. ‘Hold the ball, just chill, hang out. It’ll be okay.’” Published on May 3, 2019 at 7:48 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

FrieslandCampina Begin Defence of Remita Champions Cup with Goal Feast

first_img2017 RC3 winners and defending Telecoms Games, IHS Towers were surprisingly whitewashed, in the opening game of the tournament, by FMCG Games runner-up, Unilever in a similar 3-0 defeat. The Unilever team assumed control of the tie from kick-off and badgered their opponents with finely tuned attacks and skills.Superstar musician, Ololade Keshinro popularly known as Lil Kesh punctuated the activities of the day with some of his popular tunes. Lil Kesh who was amazed by the dazzling fan reception provided amazing renditions of his top hits such as Able God, Gbese, and Ibile.Upon resumption of action, FMCG Games champions, Nestle trounced new-entrants, Union Bank in another high scoring 3-0 victory. The first-half ended goalless thanks to the heroics of the Union Bank goalkeeper but he ultimately fell short in the second half as the flamboyant Nestle side found the net thrice with great ease, thereby ending the inaugural experience of the bankers.Bankers’ Games runner-up, FCMB secured the final spot of the semi-final in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Insurance Games champions, NEM Insurance. FCMB took the lead in the early minutes of the game and defended resolutely in what was adjudged the most technical battle of the day.At the end of play, FrieslandCampina, Nestle, FCMB and Unilever booked their semi-final spots with relative ease.FrieslandCampina will go toe-to-toe with Nestle while FCMB tackle Unilever on Sunday, 25 August 2019, for spots in the final of the competition.The fanfare was graced by dignitaries and c-class executives such as Deremi Atanda Executive Director of SystemSpecs; Jimmy Shogbesan, Chief Operating Officer of MediaVision Limited; and Tournament Ambassador, Peter Rufai.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending Champions, FrieslandCampina, began their title defence of the prestigious Remita Corporate Champions Cup (RC3) Tournament in Lagos on Sunday with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Telecommunications Games runner-up, MTN in a highly entertaining match-up.The 2019 edition of the RC3 kicked off at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Pavilion with FrieslandCampina scoring two first-half goals in quick succession to set the tone for what would be an end-to-end attacking display by both sides.The second half saw few spurned chances and close calls by both sides until an MTN defender scythed a FrieslandCampina forward in the 18-yard box. Ruth Okafor, the appointed female referee, did not hesitate to point to the spot, with the attendant penalty kick coolly converted to secure a place for the side in the semi-finals.last_img read more

LA Clippers lose to Phoenix Suns after Blake Griffin is ejected

first_imgJamaal Crawford scored 18 points and Wesley Johnson had 14 for the Clippers.Knight made 6 of 10 3-point attempts. T.J. Warren matched his career best with 18 points for Phoenix, 14 in the second half. PHOENIX >> Brandon Knight matched his career high with 37 points, Eric Bledsoe fell an assist shy of his second career triple-double and the Phoenix Suns rolled past the severely depleted Clippers 118-104 on Thursday night.Bledsoe had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.The Clippers were without starting guards Chris Paul (groin strain) and J.J. Redick (lower back spasms), then Blake Griffin was ejected after drawing his second technical foul with 2:36 left in the first half.That left Los Angeles without its top three scorers the rest of the way. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

The Opinionated Spectator…Playing in my fantasy football league

first_imgAlexis Sara CobbAdrian Peterson was indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child regarding the manner that he disciplined his son. It appears everyone has an opinion on the matter. I would caution us to take a step back when we start discussing how someone disciplines their children.As a child, my mother was a nurturer and my father was the disciplinarian. And by disciplinarian, I mean he would give us spankings. Some I absolutely deserved. Others, I did not. But I can tell you that I didn’t do that particular “bad behavior” again. Instead, I would find new ways to break the rules.Eventually, I became a well behaved child and I learned how to respect authority.In our society, there are cultural differences. And what one culture would determine is a horrible way to discipline a child, another culture fully embraces.We cannot as a society persecute people because they want to take a traditional approach in spanking their children.Let me tell you, if my mother had told me to have a “time out,” I would have gladly run to my room. There, I had my toys and I could create a world of make-believe in my imagination that would have made Walt Disney jealous.My mother, who successfully raised eleven children, was brilliant and she knew that banishing me to my room was not punishment.However, Adrian Peterson’s child discipline controversy made me ponder how much I don’t like to think about athletes’ personal lives.Seriously, I relish not knowing about an athlete’s personal life. I don’t want to know about their sexual preferences. I don’t want to know anything about their personal relationships. I prefer to not know about their imperfections or humanness. I only want to know an athlete by their talent on the field, court, rink, etc.Would not knowing about the individual athlete’s personal lives make it easier for me to enjoy sports? Maybe. Maybe not.These men and women are in high profile positions but that does not mean they are people who should be considered role models. Just because an athlete can jump high, run fast, or score a touchdown doesn’t make him a superior character of moral quality.It doesn’t make him a monster either.I don’t take any type of enjoyment in seeing athletes or high profile individuals falter. This cannot be said for those that promote negative storylines about athletes in the name of journalism. To me, it is not just story. Instead, it is directly influencing the athlete’s lives. Their day to day lives.In our haste as media to break a story, grab headlines or generate ratings, let’s remember that athletes are people too. Just like you don’t want to hear your name slandered. Neither do the athletes.When I pick the players for my fantasy football team, I expect these players to play well each week. In my fantasy football league, all players are using wisdom in their personal lives and playing well.The players are running, catching balls, creating interceptions, and winning games for my personal enjoyment, without any distractions.They are not the subject of ridicule nor are they affected by the negativity of print media, social media, etc.They are not unfairly judged by the decisions they make. Decisions which are customary and encouraged in their subcultures.Of course, this is not reality. It’s fantasy football.Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at: or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

The North Face and Alpine Experience Present Mission Antarctica with Xavier…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Alpine Experience The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear, today announced that Xavier de le Rue will come to Olympia, Washington, as part of the 2013 Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series. The live nationwide tour invites adventure fans from across the country to share in the incredible tales of 14 top athletes from The North Face Team.Professional snowboarder Xavier de le Rue will recount his latest expedition to Antarctica to Olympia residents on October 15. In Mission Antarctica, presented by The North Face and Alpine Experience, he will discuss skiing the steepest lines and crossing the roughest seas of the world’s most untouched continent.A French native, Xavier is a true mountain man. His love for the less touched terrains began at a young age when he began snowboarding and climbing in the Alps. This core passion for the mountains has launched his mission to push the boundaries of snowboarding ever since.The presentation will take place at The State Theater at 202 4th Ave. East, Olympia, WA  98501, beginning at 7:00 p.m.The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series is a free event; however, general admission tickets must be secured online in advance at and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guaranteed seating tickets for the event may be purchased for $8.00.  A reception at The State Theater for all ticket-holders will begin after the show at 8:15 p.m. and includes autograph-signing and meet-and-greet with Xavier.  The reception will raise funds and awareness for The PARC Foundation.The North Face Never Stop Exploring Speaker Series, presented by GORE-Tex and sponsored by Primaloft and Outside, is taking place October 2 through December 3. For information about additional tour dates and athlete appearances, please click here.last_img read more

No one gives more to the Under-21s than Real Madrid

first_imgFor example, the Eredivisie, which has always been characterized by betting on young talent, has distributed 27.9% of the minutes among those under the age of 22. According to the data provided by CIES, it is the Turkish Super League the one that has given the fewest minutes to the promises. A laughable 3.7% of the total. Part of this leadership of Real Madrid is thanks to the contribution of Federico Valverde. Zidane has trusted the Uruguayan in 1,266 minutes in LaLiga. The Brazilian Vinicius is another who has played a lot: 900 minutes. In less quantity have been the contributions of Rodrygo (666 ’), Brahim (23’) and the 432 minutes played by Militao, before turning 22 last January. For something Real Madrid is the third team with the lowest average age in the competition (26.9). Only above Real Sociedad (25.9) and Celta (26.4).Curiously, it is Real Sociedad who occupies the second position. The minutes played by Martin Odegaard, Alexander Isak and Ander Barrenetxea. Third place goes to him Atlético de Madrid with 12% of the total minutes for those under 22 years of age. João Félix (1,409 minutes of play) and Renan Lodi (1,672 minutes) were the most used U-21s by Cholo Simeone. Saponjic has been testimonial (2 minutes). Juventus7.9% Inter milan5.3% Chelsea23.3% Benfica8% PSGeleven% Naples2.8% Real Madrid is the Spanish club that uses the U21s the most. Zinedine Zidane has given court to youth and the white team is the entity that has granted the highest percentage of minutes to those under 22 in The league. Lead the table with 13.1% of the total minutes played, closely followed by the Real society, another group that gives more opportunities to the youngest. The CIES Football Observatory study includes the percentage of minutes played by those under the age of 22 in each team. Manchester City2.3% Arsenal17.8% ClubsPercentage Manchester United13.7%center_img Milan15.5% O. Lyon13.5% In the lower area, they stand out, for bad, I raised (you have not played under the age of 22) and Eibar, with little participation from younger footballers. For something, the Eibar It is the workforce in Spain with the highest average age (30%).LaLiga is the ‘oldest’ of the Big FiveOutside our borders, Spain is not very well stopped. It’s in the caboose. Younger players they only play 7% of the total minutes played. Very poor numbers those of the Spanish league.LaLiga is the ‘oldest’ of the five major tournaments. France reaches 15%; is followed by Bundesliga with 9.8% the Premier League adds 8.5% and finally, the A series with very similar figures to the Spanish: 7.7%. All of them very far from the figures harvested by the Slovak Super League, which in the current season has used U21 players in the 29% of the minutes. An atrocity. Source: CIES Football Observatory. Bayern Munich7.4% Lille32.1% Barcelona are surprised to find themselves in the middle of the table down. Those under the age of 22 (Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig) only they have ‘enjoyed’ 5.4% of the total minutes played by the culé team. A very poor balance for a club that usually boasts of a quarry but is in the rear squad. Borussia Dortmund22.3% Port3.2% Liverpool9% Ajax22.5%last_img read more



‘Liberia Needs to Market Tourism’

first_imgThe Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Lewis G. Brown has emphasized the need for Liberia to market its tourism to the international world, which will enable it to be explored and developed.Making the disclosure at the Ministry of Information’s regular Thursday press briefing held on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Minister Brown averred that the beauty of Liberia’s tourism, including the Bomi Lake, was a place to be when in search of tourism sites in Liberia.He emphasized the need for a genuine effort to continue in promoting Liberia’s own products and showcasing these to the world of tourism.But it is important to remind heads within the tourism sector of Liberia that there are many characteristics of tourism as an activity, which make it particularly relevant to low income countries and to poor communities within them.In research on drivers of world trade, turism places great value on some common features of developing countries, such as warm climate, rich cultural heritage, inspiring landscapes and abundant biodiversity. These strengths can be particularly apparent in rural areas, which may have a comparative advantage for tourism while being at a disadvantage in most other economic sectors.He explained further that tourism also helps in creating job opportunities for the citizenry, in which Liberians must all engage, in order to ensure that the sector is developed and can achieve its outlined goals, including creating employments and giving facelifts to the nation. “Our traditional displays of Liberian fashion help to market this country in the area of tourism. And tourism also helps in creating a facelift for the country, community and its citizens,” he notedHe said that with the completion of roads and major infrastructures in other parts of the country, there would be a great kindness of the ocean, golden beaches and others colorful tourism areas in Liberia.Minister Brown said one of the characteristics of Liberians that will be display in Bassa during the World Tourism Day will be the extraordinary handshake, which Liberians are known for, though more is expected to take place, including the traditional food of the various tribes.He said the activities of this year will be held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and called on all Liberians, including hip-co artists, traditional dancers and cultural dancers, among others, to make their presence known on Monday, September 28 to celebrate this great day.“We continued to get better and better within the area of tourism on a daily basis and we must work in sustaining this environment as well as bringing more attractions to the sector and the world. We also need to believe in locally-made products, displaying what we have as a country and people,” he cautioned Liberians.The Minister also admitted to the lack of infrastructure within the tourism sector of Liberia, which has received the greatest criticism from the public, expressing hope that there will be improvement when roads and other developments are completed.In researching its accessibility to the poor, Tourism is a relatively labor intensive sector and is traditionally made up of small and micro enterprises. Many activities in tourism are particularly suited to women, young people and disadvantaged groups such as ethnic minority populations. Many tourism jobs are potentially quite accessible to the poor, as they require relatively few skills and little investment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more